As an HRM, I think this is pretty funny. Because we (and other executives) are busy, it's hard to get us all in the same room for any meeting. Plus everyone uses a common phrase (like the herding cats phrase) and someone will always be offended when no offense was ever taken. In such a PC world, people become so offended so easily! Add to that the current theme of everyone being a racist if they don't agree politically with the government and this strip makes tons of sense.
Actually Catbert does not call Asok a racist! That is up to the reader. My thought was that Asok must be a racist (speciesest) since he immediately went into denial. It's the old Bart Simpson "I didn't do it, nobody saw it, you can't prove a thing" reaction. Catbert turned Asok against himself in the court of public opinion. All Catbert did was ask Asok what he just said and Asok quickly went on the defense. He should have repeated what he said and put Catbert in the seat of onus probandi. I enjoyed lmalinofsky's dissertation. But I equally enjoyed jeffrjohn's rebuttal. However, I never enjoy my own responses. Is that normal?